Cristian Mungiu at the 2012 edition of Cannes Film Festival
27 April 1968|
|Alma mater||Alexandru Ioan Cuza University|
|Occupation||Director, screenwriter, producer|
|Relatives||Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (sister)|
2007: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Life and career
Mungiu was born in Iași. After studying English literature at the University of Iaşi, he worked for a few years as a teacher and as a journalist. After that, he enrolled at the University of Film in Bucharest to study film directing. After graduating in 1998, Mungiu made several short films. In 2002, he debuted with his first feature film, Occident, which enjoyed critical success, winning prizes in several film festivals and being featured in Director’s Fortnight at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2007 Mungiu wrote and directed his second feature, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. The film was received enthusiastically, attracting critical praise and being selected in the official competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palme d'Or for feature film, marking the first time that prize was awarded to a Romanian filmmaker.
Mungiu has said that early Miloš Forman and Robert Altman are important filmmakers who influenced him. He also respects the realism of Bicycle Thieves, among other famous realistic films. Mungiu is the brother of political analyst Alina Mungiu-Pippidi.
His 2012 film Beyond the Hills was screened in competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival where Mungiu won the award for Best Screenplay and Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan shared the award for Best Actress. The film was also selected as the Romanian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, making the January shortlist.
After Beyond the Hills (2012) Cristian Mungiu's new project will deal with parenting and focus on a male character. The producer-writer-director hoped to shoot it in 2015 "ideally while there are still leaves on the trees."
Awards and nominations
|2007||Cannes Film Festival||Palme d'Or||4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days||Won|
|Cinema Prize of the French National Education System||Won|
|Chicago International Film Festival||Best Feature||Nominated|
|European Film Awards||Best Film (with Oleg Mutu)||Won|
|Hollywood Film Awards||Hollywood World Award||Won|
|2008||Bodil Awards||Best Non-American Film||Nominated|
|César Awards||Best Foreign Film||Nominated|
|Gopo Awards||Best Feature Film (with Oleg Mutu)||Won|
|Independent Spirit Awards||Best Foreign Film||Nominated|
|2009||Cannes Film Festival||Un Certain Regard||Tales from the Golden Age||Nominated|
|Goya Awards||Best European Film||4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days||Won|
|2010||Gopo Awards||Audience Award||Tales from the Golden Age||Won|
|2012||Cannes Film Festival||Best Screenplay||Beyond the Hills||Won|
|Chicago International Film Festival||Best International Feature||Nominated|
|European Film Awards||European Screenwriter||Nominated|
|Mar del Plata International Film Festival||Golden Ástor||Won|
|2016||Cannes Film Festival||Palme d'Or||Graduation||Nominated|
|Ghent International Film Festival||Grand Prix for Best Film||Nominated|
- Romanian Royal Family: 70th Knight of the Royal Decoration of the Cross of the Romanian Royal House
Filmography as director
- Corul pompierilor (short)
- Nicio întâmplare (short)
- Zapping (short)
- 2002 – Occident
- 2005 – Lost and Found - segment Turkey Girl
- 2007 – 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
- 2009 – Tales from the Golden Age
- 2012 – Beyond the Hills
- 2016 – Graduation
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- "All awards". Festival de Cannes 2016.
- Crucea Casei Regale a României
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Cristian Mungiu.|
- Cristian Mungiu on IMDb
- (Romanian) 7 scenarii (7 Scripts), Editura LiterNet - screenplays volume by Cristian Mungiu
- interview with 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days director Cristian Mungiu at european-films.net